Ten boys from Dombivli and Thane started their statewide Maharashtra start-up yatra to spread knowledge of start-up In 2 tier and 3 tier cities. The student started their Yatra after state cabinet approved the Maharashtra State Innovation and Start-up policy in January to facilitate the emergence of more than 10,000 start-ups over the next five years.
The purpose of this Yatra is that create awareness and spreading knowledge of star up business and help youngsters from tier 2 and tier 3 cities with the right resources for their start-ups
“As youngsters in other cities are more comfortable communicating in Marathi, language becomes a barrier as most start-up events use English in metros. Those from small cities should also get practical knowledge,” said Kunal Gadahire, 32, a Dombivli resident who is a part of this group. He is a social media consultant who helps organisations build their audience on the internet.
Start-up Maharashtra Yatra has nine others who have either initiated or are working in start-ups, like Gadahire. This Yatra will take place in two phases – the first will be completed in a month in places such as Chiplun, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Jalgaon. The second phase will see the team go to Pune, Nagpur, Amravati, Sangli, and Kolhapur. The team will interact with participants in their regional language. “Our focus is to groom the next generation entrepreneurs and choose ideas that are scalable,” said Anil Mendse, 25, member of the Yatra, who works in a start-up.
Maharashtra has more than 1,000 start-ups. We will connect those from tier 2 and tier 3 cities with investors, mentors, and others from the ecosystem. We hope to generate more talent and innovative ideas from these cities which will make the startup scene in the state stronger,” said Gadahire.
The Maharashtra state cabinet, targeting an investment of Rs5,000 crore in the start-up space by 2022 and creating 500,000 direct and indirect jobs. The policy aims to help establish 10,000 start-ups in five years.